Mixed media: textures


Mixed media: textures.   Learn a wide variety of techniques to build up tactile, textured relief surfaces and visual textures to create imaginative and personal imagery.  
Lots of mixed-media demonstrations showing you how to play and experiment with incorporating textures into your paintings.  You will be guided towards finding your own way of incorporating textures into your own subject matter – landscape, still life or figurative.  Inspiration from a variety of artists.

You will leave with a wealth of ideas to give your paintings a new dimension and depth, along with developing your creativity, artistic self confidence and mixed media skills. 

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate. 
Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course



includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

9 – 10 March 2019

Places available
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Painting paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      System 3 acrylic pad
      230gsm – 20 sheets
    • Winsor + Newton: 500 x 400 size
      Galleria acrylic pad
      300gsm – 15 sheets

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4pm
    Sun: 10 – 4pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, improver, intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Diaries from all previous courses


What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to involve yourself fully in the creative exercises and challenges during the weekend.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual attention in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere with lots of 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Creativity and technical skills
The weekend involves a variety of exercises with lots of materials and techniques that will enable you to develop both your technical and creative skills to ensure you leave inspired and able to continue developing your skills after the course.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


Choose this course if you want to develop a mixed media style or discover how to incorporate textures into your acrylic painting.


“I learnt lots of tips and ideas and ways of using everyday objects to create two lovely paintings which without the teaching from Brian I would not have thought I was capable of or had the confidence to try. I am happy with the resulting paintings.”
Carol H

“I found the course very good. Brian encourages but doesn’t push, he gives you the idea and then lets you get on with it.”


Course structure

You will discover a new rich textural language that when used in your drawing and paintings bring a rich tactile quality that makes your work infinitely more interesting and engaging.  You will learn how to create relief tactile surfaces using acrylic paints and mediums alongside other techniques.  All techniques are demonstrated before you have a chance to try it out.  By the end of the 2-days you will leave with a wealth of ideas and techniques that may very well change the way you work in the future, in the creation of abstract or semi abstract landscape, still life or figurative paintings.

Click the green Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
The morning is spent exploring and experimenting with different consistencies of acrylic paint learning how it behaves when painted over a variety of surfaces.  You will learn how to create textures using a variety of application methods using emulsion, glues, collage and ways of layering your mixed media that will result in stunning looking textures. The afternoon is spent focusing on composition and gaining a deeper understanding in developing relationships between different textures.  You will also have the opportunity to use your new skills in creating your own textured art work on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.  

Day 2
The morning continues with new texture demonstrations and more chance for you to experiment and learn. Today we will use cardboard, moulds, and print methods to create more stunning textures.  The afternoon is spent using your new skills in creating your own textured art work on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.  With 1:1 support and guidance you will have the opportunity to explore how to incorporate the new techniques into your own preferred style – landscape, still life or figurative.


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“Good fun, it’s nice to explore and play with different materials”
Kerry W

“A great exploration of texture.  Excellent way to unleash/re-kindle creativity.”

“Fun to experiment, informal and thought provoking.  I won’t be afraid to add different elements, techniques and materials into my own work.” 
David E

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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Calendar: View all Course dates and Events.


  1. Jennifer Higson
    22 August 2017 @ 8:46 am

    Have you got any more weekend landscape mixed media classes coming up?
    Many thanks


    • artfulantics
      22 August 2017 @ 10:27 am

      Hi Jennifer
      The next course date will be in Spring 2018. A specific date will be up on the website about October when I start my planning for 2018. Please either keep an eye on the website for updates or subscribe to my newsletter which you can do on all the course pages.
      Hope this helps.


  2. Donna Black
    28 September 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    Hi. Have you got other dates coming up for the Painting with Textures course? Really want to do it but can’t make the October dates. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      29 September 2015 @ 7:44 pm

      Hi Donna

      Good to hear from you. The next dates for this course are planned for April 2016. Booking for this will be available from November.
      Look forward to seeing you again. Are you joining us for the Autumn social in my studio? Details were in the newsletter I sent out yesterday.
      Best regards


      • Donna Black
        3 October 2015 @ 9:47 am

        Hi. I won’t be able to make it to the social I’m afraid. Looks good though! I’ll look in Nov for the booking info. Looking forward to it.


  3. Kate Hardy
    11 September 2015 @ 9:18 am

    Dear Brian,

    I am really glad to have found your website, as I would really like to begin to paint.

    I have never been very arty (although I write professionally), but I feel like I would really like to develop some representational skills and particularly work with colour.

    I am 100% beginner. but can it do the ‘Begin to draw and paint’ session, so thought I could try the ‘painting with texture’ class. Do you think this would be appropriate?

    The other thing is that I have M.E., which makes my health quite unreliable and inconsistent. So there would be a danger that I would book and be unable to attend. Is there any way around this? For example, booking and paying and deferring the course last minute if I was unable to make it. I know places are limited, so this is a complicated ask.

    I really look forward of hearing from you.



    • artfulantics
      11 September 2015 @ 9:25 am

      Hi Kate
      Great to hear from you – welcome on board! All my courses are suitable for beginners to experienced artists so you can start with any course that intrigues you. Obviously the Begin to draw and paint is specifically for beginners, but as you can’t make that date – don’t worry. The Paint with textures is a really fun and experimental course and will teach you loads of ideas and techniques you can use when painting. I’ll email you with more details. Regards Brian


    • artfulantics
      5 October 2015 @ 5:16 pm

      Sorry you won’t be able to make the social – but I look forward to seeing you next year on the paint with texture course.
      Best regards


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